I couldn’t help but write to you this month after I learned about how young Englishman Eddie Pepperell lost his European Tour card due to Brexit.
Eddie finished his season 113th in the Race to Dubai rankings, missing out on the final card in 111th spot by just €2,596. However, were the pre-Brexit Sterling to Euro exchange rate still in force, he’d have picked up around an extra €4,000 for a tie for 22nd at the British Masters and kept his card.
Graeme Storm almost fell the same way after his biggest cheque of the season came at the Dunhill Links, another event where money is won in Sterling and then converted into Euros. Fortunately for the Englishman, Patrick Reed then withdrew from the rankings.
With the current world economy sitting on such shaky foundations, surely this is the wake-up call the European Tour needs to return to a points-based system? Neil Flanders, Winchester